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Russia: Moscow celebrates Unity Day with a huge march across capital02:16

Russia: Moscow celebrates Unity Day with a huge march across capital

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 4, 2015 at 07:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of Muscovites commemorated Russia's Unity Day with a march starting at Moscow's Mayakovskaya metro station, Wednesday.

People walked through the streets waving a wide range of flags, including Russian Federation flags, some with the orange and black colours of the Saint George Ribbon, a world-wide recognised symbol of the fight and victory against fascism. Coloured balloons were also released by the participants.re.

The march covered several kilometres through Tverskaya Street, finishing at Rojdestvenskaya Street with a rally and a concert held under the theme "we are united.'

Unity Day was instituted as a national public holiday in 2005 to commemorate the events of 1612, when a people's volunteer army led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky liberated Moscow from Polish-Lithuanian occupation. It was celebrated in the Russian Empire until 1917, when it was replaced with a commemoration of the Russian Revolution. Unity Day was reinstituted by the Russian Federation in 2005.

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Thousands of Muscovites commemorated Russia's Unity Day with a march starting at Moscow's Mayakovskaya metro station, Wednesday.

People walked through the streets waving a wide range of flags, including Russian Federation flags, some with the orange and black colours of the Saint George Ribbon, a world-wide recognised symbol of the fight and victory against fascism. Coloured balloons were also released by the participants.re.

The march covered several kilometres through Tverskaya Street, finishing at Rojdestvenskaya Street with a rally and a concert held under the theme "we are united.'

Unity Day was instituted as a national public holiday in 2005 to commemorate the events of 1612, when a people's volunteer army led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky liberated Moscow from Polish-Lithuanian occupation. It was celebrated in the Russian Empire until 1917, when it was replaced with a commemoration of the Russian Revolution. Unity Day was reinstituted by the Russian Federation in 2005.

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